Knockout City Is Going Free-to-Play, and EA Won’t Be the Publisher Anymore

Knockout City will soon be completely free-to-play and EA will step down as a publisher.

Developer Velan Studios announced in a blog post that it will take over and self-publish the dodgeball fighting game when it enters its second year on the market, taking effect when the game enters its 6th season on June 1st. Knockout City Season 5, which starts March 1st, will have less content as a result of the changes, with no new Brawl Pass, no new map or new ball, and fewer cosmetics and packs.

However, Velan Studios has stated that this content cut will be temporary and everything will return to normal at the start of Season 6.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing our game to millions of new players around the world with a completely slashed price tag,” Velan Studios wrote in a blog post.

“We couldn’t have brought Knockout City to the world without the incredible support of EA Originals, but now that we’re transitioning to free-to-play, the natural next step for us is to take on publishing responsibility and work even more closely with our community.”

In our 9/10 review, IGN said, “Knockout City’s fantastic twist on dodgeball has amazing depth, making it one of the best team-based PvP games in years.”

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally tweets @thelastdinsdale.

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